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Today, there will be a trip to the post office to mail these, and some shopping. I will be baking halibut for dinner, and working on coloring book pages during Guppy's naptime. I need some ideas for things to draw for the Dark Fantasy coloring book. Hmm.
In garden and yard news, my apple trees are setting out lots of leaves! I'm so excited! They aren't just twigs! The maples are being much more slow - I'm concerned that one of them is completely dead. The other has a little sprout coming up from the roots, so something is happening, at least. My strawberries, unlike the last time I tried them, are flourishing, and putting out happy clusters of teeny white flowers. The zucchini leaves look sad, but there are half a dozen blossoms coming in, so it can't be that sad. More little upstart violas are coming in, and they are blooming like little crazy things. The violets are still threatening to take over the entire bed, and every day I thin out two or three and transplant them into the horrible soil where the bank washed out this spring. I would be thrilled to get a bank of violets there, though I have doubts that they will thrive as well there. I was delighted to find that FIVE of my lilies came in - later than I expected, but I'm still super happy. The buds are still little and green, so it will be a while before I know which ones they are. I think it's the yellow day lilies, not the orange tiger lilies. The delphinium is a little curled up and sad-looking. I don't see aphids like I have in previous years, but I'm wondering if it's got little bugs. Oh! And the cilantro is coming back! I never in a hundred years expected cilantro to winter over here! It's still super teeny, but definitely hanging in there, and there's quite a lot of it. The wild chives are looking extra hardy and ready to be clipped. Ironically, the saddest of the plants are the marigolds, which are what I paid the most for.
And bees! We've got bees! Not hornets or yellow jackets, but actual bees! My rookie research says they are Great Northwestern bees, which nearly went extinct in the area, but I've seen them most days now, so I'm tickled that they might be making a comeback. Maybe I won't have to hand-pollinate my zucchinis this year! In related news, I haven't seen any yellow jackets so far, and that makes me even happier.
Aaaaand, a super loud helicopter just went overhead and now the baby is kicking. Time to wrap this up.